For More Information
Contact Julie Long at 585-389-2456
Nazareth College’s Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue is proud to host more than 400 high school juniors and seniors for a first-of-its-kind conference titled Global Citizenship: Next Generation Living Together in a Pluralistic World on March 15 in the Robert A. Kidera Gymnasium in the Shults Center located on campus. Muhammad Shafiq, executive director for the Hickey Center, says it is the first time in the nation that students are participating in a conference like this through their schools. It is from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Shafiq is available for interviews about this unique conference. Please contact Julie Long at 585-389-2456. Nazareth College is located at 4245 East Avenue, Rochester, N.Y. 14618.
Special guest speaker for the conference is Rachel Rose, special assistant to Faith based and Community Initiatives for The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
Global Citizenship: Next Generation Living in a Pluralistic World is designed to give the future leaders of our world the tools to respond to intolerance, improve religious literacy, and possess etiquette required to work in a pluralistic world. The event’s goals are to make students aware of diversity of cultural and religious traditions and beliefs systems that exist and how they shape people’s lives, along with being more aware of healthy ways of responding to conflict in order to better promote understanding. Students will discuss topics such as nonviolence and peacemaking, conflict transformation, etiquette in school, workplace and beyond, recognizing and responding to religious intolerance in the media and popular culture, and pluralism in America and principles of dialogue.
Opening of conference
***The opening and closing will be located in the Robert A. Kidera Gymnasium, session locations will change. Please go to the conference or contact, Julie Long at 585-389-2456, if attending. ***
Session One: Living in a Pluralistic World
Skill Building Workshops on Religious Etiquette, Conflict Transformation, etc.
Session Two: Literacy in World Religions/Belief Systems
Lunch, special guest speaker Rachel Rose, and moderated small group dialogue
This event is being planned through the effort and cooperation of partners across multiple faiths, traditions, and community organizations. The event is sponsored by The Rochester Area Community Foundation (RACF), The International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), and Greater Rochester Area High Schools.
Founded in 1924, Nazareth College is located on a close-knit, suburban campus in the dynamic, metropolitan region of Rochester, N.Y. The College offers challenging academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences and professional programs in health and human services, education, and management. Nazareth's strong cultures of service and community prepare students to be successful professionals and engaged citizens. The College enrolls approximately 2,000 undergraduate students and 1,000 graduate students.